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Götterdämmerung

The Twilight of the Gods, the fourth and final opera in Richard Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, brings this magnificent tale of gods and mortals to a fiery close.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Götterdämmerung. It was last on stage 1 October—2 November 2018 as part of the Autumn 2018/19 season.

The Story

Alberich’s son Hagen wants the ring. Siegfried has given it to Brünnhilde as a token of his love. Hagen gives Siegfried a potion that makes him forget Brünnhilde, and convinces Siegfried to win Brünnhilde on behalf of Hagen’s half-brother Gunther. Siegfried gives Brünnhilde to Gunther and takes the ring for himself.

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Background

Götterdämmerung is the fourth and final work of Richard Wagner’s opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Though sequentially it comes last, it was in fact Wagner’s starting point: Siegfried’s death was his first inspiration, the three previous operas leading to that climactic event. It took Wagner 26 years to complete Götterdämmerung and it had its premiere in 1876, at the first performance of the complete cycle at the inaugural Bayreuth Festival. It closes the Ring with music of great power and complexity.

Götterdämmerung moves from the mythical landscape of the previous operas to a world more akin to our own, as Siegfried journeys down the Rhine to the deceitful world of the Gibichungs. In Keith Warner’s 2006 production for The Royal Opera, the impending fall of the gods is reflected in the blackened, apocalyptic landscape of Act III. By the opera’s end, world order has been restored – but at a devastating cost.

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